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A Real Blockhead!

. . . and when they found Him they said, 'Everybody is looking for you'
Job 7:1-4,6-7; Psalm 147:1-6; I Corinthians 9:16-19,22-23; Mark 1:29-39

Sermon Week Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 1:37

Recently, a man looking for attention on Youtube received a bit more of it than he bargained for. In fact, he made headlines across the globe. I'm sure you're all familiar with the television shows and films that feature one silly, outrageous or dangerous stunt after another. And in the true spirit of "one-upmanship," it seems the crazier the antics, the more viewers these clowns can attract. Which was apparently the point of this recent episode. With his friend at his side recording every minute of madness, a man placed his head in a microwave oven and then proceeded to pack it with a mud-like, sticky cement. What could go wrong you ask? Well don't worry: these two geniuses thought of everything. In fact they fashioned a kind of breathing apparatus from a length of plastic tubing, figuring that was all that was needed to ensure a safe performance. So with his head in the oven and his breathing tube in place, the man packed his makeshift microwave helmet full of the heavy, wet cement. But the cement wasn't drying as expected. So they did the next logical thing and brought out a hairdryer to speed things along. And that's when things got interesting. As the cement heated it began contracting, not only putting pressure on our Youtube star's head but also compressing his breathing tube. Claustrophobia quickly set in and the man began to panic, telling his friend that he thought he was dying. And as ridiculous as the story already is, it was made all the more so when we learn that it wasn't until 45 minutes later that the friend finally called for help. It took a very annoyed team of firefighters and other first responders nearly two hours to extract the man from his pressing predicament. To borrow an old Charlie Brown phrase, that's what I call a real blockhead!

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